10 Breakfast Shortcuts to Get Your Kids Fed and Out the Door Fast (Slideshow)
April 22, 2014
Cut corners in the morning without cutting quality
Fruit Slices with Peanut Butter
Grabbing a pre-made jar of peanut butter and hitting the road can cut major time out of your morning routine. Try slicing up an apple and sprinkling it with a little lemon juice. Fill a jar with about two tablespoons of peanut butter. Put the apple slices in the jar with the peanut butter and you’ve got instant apple dippers! The bonus is you can control what kind of apples and peanut butter you use. Consider sunny butter or almond butter for peanut-allergic children.
Making oatmeal from scratch isn’t necessarily difficult but it can be a bit time-consuming. Overnight oats, instead, can sit and basically cook themselves without any added help from you. And the great part is they taste better than those packets of oatmeal.
Premade Breakfast Sandwiches
On Sunday, cook up some turkey bacon and an egg white. Put it on a wheat English muffin, wrap it in plastic wrap and freeze it. Five minutes in the oven during the weekday morning and bingo! You’ve got a healthier breakfast sandwich that takes less time than the greasy drive-thru.
Mini Fruit Salad Cups
Fresh fruit salad makes an excellent breakfast. It’s filling and has just the right amount of sweetness. Slice up some strawberries, grapes, blueberries, and raspberries. Toss them together with the caviar from a vanilla bean and let the flavors macerate for a while. Divide it into cups, throw on a lid and you’ve got breakfast for days.
Frittatas are a nice breakfast choice since they allow endless combinations. Chop up some ham, a little bell pepper, and some onion. Throw in some cheddar and a few whisked eggs then bake it in muffin tins. Wrap them in plastic wrap and then each day, grab a mini frittata, heat it up, and head out.
Judging by the reaction from Taco Bells’ big breakfast announcement everyone loves breakfast burritos. But save the time and money by making your own at home instead.
Big Batch Minis
Making big batches of pancakes and waffles on the weekends takes very little time and can double as quick weekday breakfast options. When making your weekend pancakes, just make a double batch. Take the leftovers and slice them into smaller portions. Toss them into a bag and they can be easily grabbed for a sweet breakfast.
Non-Yeasted Cinnamon Rolls
Standard cinnamon rolls taste great but take forever between the prep-, rise-, and cook-time. Instead, try a non-yeasted version. It will have the same delicious flavors but will cut your time in half. Better yet, try a version with ready-made biscuits.
Scrambled Egg Mugs
Traditional scrambled eggs are usually cooked slow and low. They obviously taste good and are a breakfast favorite. To save time but maintain flavor, whisk a few eggs with a bit of salt and pepper, toss it into a mug, microwave it for a few minutes and bam! You’ll have scrambled eggs that take half the time.
A hit of protein in the morning can help keep your kids’ energy levels up through lunch. So grab a leftover waffle from the weekend, spread a tablespoon or two of peanut butter on it, slap on a few sliced bananas and turn it into a waffle sandwich. It’s quick but keeps a person full and energized for hours.